Is This Really a Problem?
Yes! Statistics show that 1 in 5 undergraduate women and 1 and 6 men will be sexually assaulted by the time they graduates from college. Suggested research from the documentary, The Hunting Ground states that 90% of sexual assaults are committed by serial rapists, which consists of roughly 6 rapes/sexually violet encounters or more (2015).
Sexual assault, sexual violence, and sexual harassment is a violation of one’s sense of self and it can also affect your physical, emotional, and psychological well being. Sexual assault/sexual violence is most likely to occur during your freshman year, specifically during your fall semester (applicable for all fall semester no matter what year).
What is Being Done About This?
The White House has created a Task Force called Its On Us and Title IX. This is being implemented and used to its fullest extent with the University of Southern Mississippi. They have asked the Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention to help create and lead Task Force Against Sexual Assault on Campus.
What is The Shafer Center Doing About This?
As of the Spring semester of 2018, The Shafer Center is teaming up with University of Southern Mississippi to create, initiate and lead a Task Force to Combat Sexual Assault on Campus. Our goal is to be a point of contact to hear the concerns of the students, to truly understand and meet their individual needs to make campus a safe place they can call home as they pursue their educational careers at USM. Many colleges, clubs, and groups, hold events, educational events, they have similar questions about sexual assault/prevention, and this Task Force has been created to address all of these concerns.
The USM community prides itself on being a student-centered community, in a welcoming environment which values a community of social responsibility; we are here to help. The Shafer Center began Green Dot training (Bystander Intervention training) before the state of Mississippi began Green Dot, roughly 5 years ago. This training can be done in either 4hr or 2-hour segments and has been given to college classes, clubs, groups, organizations, police trainings, faculty, staff, etc. The training focuses on bystander intervention and creates awareness of one’s actions. To schedule this training, or get more information about Green Dot Training, send us an email or click on the Our Services tab at the top of the page.
Campus Recommended Resources via American Association of University of Women Ending Campus Sexual Assault Toolkit
There are 5 different links here that are used as a toolkit for campuses across the nations.
10 Ways to Fight Against Sexual Assault Across Campus
6 Ways Faculty and Staff Can Help Fight Sexual Assault Across Campus
Here’s Your Talking-Points Memo on Campus Sexual Assault
4 Places to Get Funding Anti-Campus Sexual Assault Project
Finding Legal Help for Your Rights on Campus